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5 Top Tips to Challenge Negative Self-Talk in Children

<a href="/articles/5-top-tips-to-challenge-negative-self-talk-in-children-0">5 Top Tips to Challenge Negative Self-Talk in Children</a>

Self-talk is comprised of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, and is sometimes called our ‘inner voice’. It influences our beliefs about who we are, how we fit in the world, and how we feel about ourselves. Persistent negative self-talk can lead to feelings of sadness and hopelessness, and when associated with feeling threatened in situations, people can also experience anxiety. With the onset of anxiety now estimated at 6 years of age, even very young children are feeling the social and emotional consequences of negative self-talk – social relationships and academic performance are known to suffer when negative self-talk is pervasive. happychild spoke with Dr Lauren McLellan, psychologist and clinical researcher at the Centre for Emotional Health, to get her recommendations on what parents and carers can do to challenge negative self-talk in children. Read full article

Smart But Scattered: Part 1 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson

<a href="/articles/smart-but-scattered-part-1-of-interview-with-authors-dick-guare-and-peg-dawson">Smart But Scattered: Part 1 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson</a>

In Part 1 of this interview Yvette Vignando interviews authors of 'Smart But Scattered' about how parents can recognise the need for and help their child develop higher level 'executive' skills such as organisational skills, planning, and time management. Read full article

Coaching Kids to Overcome Playground Conflict

<a href="/articles/coaching-kids-to-overcome-playground-conflict">Coaching Kids to Overcome Playground Conflict</a>

If your child is getting a hard time in the school or preschool playground, don’t despair. This article shares some ways to help conquer the conflict and build their self-esteem at the same time. Five steps to help your child solve problems in the playground. Read full article